Promoting Human Rights and Democracy: A New Paradigm for the European Union

Fioramonti, Lorenzo, "Promoting Human Rights and Democracy: A New Paradigm for the European Union" in The European Union and the Arab Spring: Promoting Democracy in the Middle East (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012), 17-32.

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  • Author Fioramonti, Lorenzo
    Chapter Title Promoting Human Rights and Democracy: A New Paradigm for the European Union
    Book Title The European Union and the Arab Spring: Promoting Democracy in the Middle East
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Lanham
    Publisher Lexington Books
    Start page 17
    End page 32
    Language En
    Abstract Building on events of the Arab Spring and its impact on the credibility of Europe as a genuine partner, this chapter calls for a fundamental overhaul of the EU’s approach to the promotion of human rights and democracy, taking into consideration the centrality of individuals as actors in the international arena. By drawing on the EU’s focus on “human security” centered on the “people first” principle, the author argues that a new paradigm for the primacy of individuals, including their basic needs, their aspirations and their freedom to govern themselves in whatever way they prefer. By developing the capacity to listen, the EU should shift from its role of “promoter” to that of “facilitator” of democracy.
    UNU Topics of Focus Human rights
    Keyword European Union
    Democracy
    Human rights
    Copyright Holder Lexington Books
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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